SUPERIOR, WI– Biologists report they’ve recorded the best breeding season for the piping plover in Wisconsin.
The bird, which was first seen in the state in 1891, was added to the state’s endangered species list in 1979.
This season, however, the bird was found to be nesting at several new locations in the Apostle Islands.
The additional locations contributed to making this season the best breeding season on record.
Biologists have spent more than 20 years working to protect nests and increase habitat.
Wisconsin has now contributed 118 chicks toward the recovery goal of 150 breeding pairs of the bird.